Green Solutions for Segments - Educational Institutions

Glass for Educational Institutions
The Need
For an educational institution to be a sustainable building, it is important to maintain a balance between day lighting integration, acoustic comfort and a no-fatigue environment.
Students spend an average of 6 hours in the classroom. Bright and vibrant classrooms are required without the continuous use of artificial lighting. Libraries require ambient light of 500 Lux for visual comfort. For the living space, hostels need lively and safe conditions while the auditoria and sporting facilities demand acoustic and anti-glare comfort.
Glass can help meet these requirements and make educational institutions into sustainable buildings. 
Going Green with Glass
The right choice of glass is necessary for each application, be it the classrooms, library, hostel or indoor auditorium/sports complex. Glass brings in abundant natural light required for an ambient setting for a classroom & library and reduces fatigue. Laminated Acoustic Glass Panels help cut out unwanted external noise and keep the interiors calm and serene. Solar Control, energy-efficient glass helps maintain perfect living conditions required for a hostel during all seasons.

Ideal Specification for Green Educational Institutions


Light Transmission

Solar Factor




30% - 40%

less than 0.35




30% - 40%

0.2 - 0.25

less than 2Wsqm/K

35 - 40 db reduction



less than 0.25

less than 2Wsqm/K

45 - 50 db reduction


20% - 30%

less than 0.3



Technical Specification
Energy performance can be optimized by using a Third Generation glass with Nitride coating to enhance light transmission & maintain optimum SHGC and enabling thermal control through single glazing.
The ideal glazing combination for the desired acoustic comfort is:
  • Library: Laminated DGU (65.4-12-6)
  • Auditorium: Double Laminated DGU (65.4-12-86.2)


Recommended Product Range
Saint-Gobain Glass has a variety of glass that is ideally suited for a sustainable building.
SGG Nano is a high performance coated glass with advanced energy efficient solar control and thermal insulation (low-e) properties. This low-e reflective glass is made up of select coatings and is ideal for green educational institutions which demand exterior glazing solutions with a neutral appearance.
SGG Nano scores high on light transmission as well as heat reflection. It is a sustainable glazing solution for all seasons and desired functionalities. Available in 6 colours, SGG Nano has a neutral appearance in spite of its unique properties, making it aesthetically appealing. It is an environment-friendly product that helps reduce energy consumption and complies with LEED, TERI Griha & ECBC norms.
SGG Planitherm is an advanced thermal insulation glass. It is highly reflective to long–wave heat radiation, hence is a very good thermal insulator. It has a neutral appearance due to very low reflection. This thermal insulated glass also has excellent light transmittance resulting in maximizing the entry of daylight into the building.
For green educational institutions, SGG Planitherm, in combination with a solar control glass in a double glazed unit, improves the energy efficiency of a window/façade.It allows maximum light penetration and keeps the interiors warm. It reduces need for heating/cooling, thus helps to save energy and protect the environment.

Advanced Solar Control Glass - SGG ENVISION